A second wind for flautists at St John’s Smith Square
16 August, 2018 — By Sebastian Taylor
Mark Sparks, principal flautist with the St Louis Symphony Orchestra
The British Flute Society is returning to St John’s Smith Square for a second three-day summer flute festival on Friday (August 17).
This time, the Future Flute Fest is celebrating all things new in the flute world – the instrument, its technique, its music.
The 21st-century world is a complex place and is changing at an ever-increasing pace. No one is immune from this, least of all musicians. The challenge will always be to respect and celebrate the past while at the same time finding new ways to engage with the present and the future.
Being celebrated at the Future Flute Fest are the many different genres and styles of flute playing through fantastic performances by world-renowned players who enjoy varied professional careers.
These include evening Gala Concerts from Sophie Cherrier (a member of Ensemble Intercontemporain), Stefan Höskuldsson (principal flautist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra), and a concert of baroque music from Katy Bircher.
The distinguished line-up also includes the diverse talents of Mark Sparks (principal flautist with the St Louis Symphony Orchestra), Tilmann Dehnhard, Wissam Boustany, Gareth Lockrane, and Stephen Preston.
In addition, there’s a focus on the physical and mental mechanics of being a flute player.
Further, Stephen Preston is heading up a session on Baroque dance steps – how gesture and dance fundamentally infuse the music of the period.
Added to this are the opportunity for all to perform in a flute choir led by Mel Orriss.
• The Future Flute Fest runs from August 17-19, www.bfs.org.uk